The theatre seems to be narrowing down to be Maharashtra and Pune/Mumbai sector in particular.
Swine flu death toll in India reaches 17
PUNE: A 48-year-old driver died of swine flu Wednesday afternoon, as the Sassoon Hospital here registered fifth death of the day from the H1N1 virus Doctors at Haffkine institute, Parel, carry out tests for swine flu in a laboratory. (TOI)
since early morning, taking India's toll to 17.
Gautam Shelar was admitted to the hospital, which has been handling very serious cases of swine flu here, in a critical condition three-four days ago and died around 4.45 p.m., a Maharashtra Swine Flu Control Room official said.
This was the sixth death in Maharashtra on Wednesday. For Pune that has recorded the highest number of H1N1 deaths in the country, Shelar was the 10th victim.
Pune recorded India's first swine flu death when 14-year-old Reeda Shaikh died Aug 3.
Meanwhile, at least four patients were in serious condition at the hospital, Pune District Collector Chandrakant Dalvi told reporters.
Earlier today, a 50-year-old woman died of swine flu here.
Nita Meghani, who was admitted to the Sassoon Hospital in a critical condition four days ago, died this afternoon, the Maharashtra Swine Flu Control Room said.
Twelve people, including two in Mumbai and one in Nashik, have died of H1N1 virus in Maharashtra. In Mumbai's Hiranandani Hospital, two swine flu patients were in serious condition.
Earlier, a Maharashtra schoolboy succumbed to swine flu just hours after three others in the state died of the same disease on Wednesday morning, officials said. With these deaths, the toll due to the viral infection has risen to 11 in the state and 15 in the country. ( Watch Video )
Babu Genu Kuland died in the Sassoon Hospital here at about 11am. The resident of Pimpri town, near Pune, was hospitalised three days ago in serious condition, according to Pune Minicipal Corporation (health department) chief SR Pardeshi.
Another Pimpri resident, Sanjay Mistry, 35, died in Sassoon Hospital early on Wednesday. He was hospitalised Sunday in a critical condition and put on a ventilator, according to an official of the state swine flu control room.
Barely hours after Mistry succumbed to the influenza A (H1N1) infection, Shravani Deshpande, 29, died of the same disease.
Deshpande breathed her last around 3am. She had been hospitalised here three days ago with pneumonia and later found to be suffering from swine flu. She was then put on ventilator.
Rakesh Gargunde, a medico in Nashik Civil Hospital, also succumbed to swine flu around 3am., said civil surgeon AD Bhal Singh.
Gargunde was admitted to hospital in an unconscious state two days ago and put on a ventilator. The test report confirming that he had swine flu was received by the hospital late Tuesday night.
The deceased Dr Rupesh Gangurde was admitted to a private hospital on Monday after he complained of vomiting, cough and fever, Maharashtra Minister of State for Health, Dr Shobha Bachav, told reporters here.
Two more suspected flu patients -- Vinod Borkul (21) and Rishikesh Kulkarni (26) -- have been admitted to the hospital.
While Borkul has tested negative for the viral infection, Kulkarni's report is still awaited.